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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 17, 2007 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles blog (non-Dead)

Bryan ... i believe i am one of the handful of people who are not Beatles fans; however, i am not so oblivious as to deny their incredible and profound influence on popular music; that being said, here are the lyrics to one of my favourite tunes by Loudon Wainwright III, and if you've ever heard him sing it, it moves one far more than these mere words:

"NOT JOHN"

The limousine was waiting outside the studio
In stepped poor John Lennon and his wife Yoko
Oh no, not John

On up 44th Street, left at 8th Avenue
Up to the Dakota; a man waits there for you
Oh no, yes John

The man's name it is Chapman, come from Honolulu
He really loved your music, John, got a Japanese wife, too
Oh no, poor Sean

[instrumental verse]

Five bullets in your body, that's what the experts say
They say you signed an autograph for him on that very day
Oh no, not John

There was a vigil at the Roosevelt, at the Dakota too
Silence in Central Park, they had a riot in Liverpool

[instrumental verse]

Now Chapman's in the jailhouse - what's he doing there?
He went and he shot John Lennon. All you heroes best beware
Oh no, not John

The limousine was waiting outside the studio
In stepped poor John Lennon and his wife Yoko
Oh no, not John

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 18, 2007 3:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles blog (non-Dead)

I've never heard that song, Arbuthnot, but I will surely pass that along to my fellow Fabnatics---actually, that would describe them more than me, but you'll never see me switching it to another station if Ticket to Ride comes one, either.

Are you familiar with Loudon's song, the title of which I've never known, that starts out, "I had not taken acid for 12 years, but one night last summer I did"? Unlike the song you posted here, it's more what you might expect of him, and just about as funny of a ballad as you'll find:

"We went over to Mary's apartment-
To listen to the GRATEFUL DEAD . . . "

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Poster: Arbuthnot Date: Apr 18, 2007 4:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles blog (non-Dead)

Bryan ... i am a HUGE fan of Loudon, have caught him live several times, have pretty much most of his music, lots of it on beat up vinyl, and the song you are referring to is The Acid Song ... very humourous song!

ACID SONG

I had not taken acid for twelve years
But one night last summer I did
I was adrift in a bar room
Acting like a jerk and a kid

I knew we were asking for trouble
Trouble was what we would get
Five of us dropped in the girls' room
Psychadelicised insane quintet

Well that bathroom got crowded in no time
Our minds were all blown in one flash
Everyone in there got ugly
We exited out of there fast

Back in the bar we were happy
Feeling great, no problem
Back in the bar we were fine
Till Johnny turned into a Nazi
And Mary threw up all her wine

Well in no time we all were ejected
Soon we were out on the street
The sidewalk began to perspire
We had glass and dog shit at our feet

We went over to Mary's apartment
To listen to the Grateful Dead
On the way there we lost Johnny
He had opted for Bellevue instead

Well I'm really glad we did this, it feels great. Just like the old days, I love this.
I know my hair's on fire, it's like incense or something
You know, your face is melting
It is, it's all the colours of the rainbow

Hey you wanna hold some fruit?
C'mon, hold some fruit
It breeds, it really does
Have a cantaloupe, c'mon
Ah, no I dunno where the Donovan tape is

Well I had to get out of that city
Bobby was bringing me down
Me and my darling young Susie
Said so long and drove out of town

Driving on acid is easy
Driving on acid's a breeze
Just keep the car on the highway
Don't laugh and don't fart and don't sneeze

Oh we got to my house in the country
In the country man
The trees were all throbbing and green
Susie was sure she had cancer
I was sure I was James Dean

We went down the lake to go swimming
C'mon let's try it out
Down to the lake for a swim
Susie said 'water cures cancer'
I asked her to please call me Jim

Yes acid is usually dangerous
The mild-mannered can quickly turn mean
Lsd can surely derange us
Unless you possess Thorazine

So next time you wanna go out there
When you feel like fitting your head
Think twice before dropping acid
Hold out for mushrooms instead!

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Poster: BryanE Date: Apr 18, 2007 6:56am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Beatles blog (non-Dead)

Okay, The Acid Song. No mistaking that one-

"What's the name of the acid song by Loudon Wainwright?"

"Well, that would be The Acid Song by Loudon Wainwright."

I seem to remember that he didn't know where the Ravi Shankar tape was.

Hilarious song, though. First time I heard it, I was damned close to incontinence.

By the way, I sat down over the weekend and composed a letter of substantial length to you about all of that Neal Cassady, Jack Kerouac, Alan Ginsberg kind of stuff, and just as I was typing out the conclusion, my beloved computer locked up and I lost the whole thing. An opportunity to try again has yet to present itself, but I'd still like to continue our conversation on that topic.